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October 2, 2014

American Racist Group Will Hold Meeting in Hungary Despite Ban

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Richard Spencer at National Policy Institute

Update — 10/06/14: On October 3, Hungarian police arrested National Policy Institute (NPI) head Richard Spencer for not having identification papers with him at an informal gathering of people who had planned to attend NPI’s conference in Budapest. Jared Taylor, working with others, held an NPI meeting at a restaurant in Budapest where he and Tom Sunic spoke to about 75 people. Spencer is expected to be deported from Hungary today.


Richard Spencer
, the head of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white supremacist think tank based in Whitefish, Montana, asserts that his group will still hold a meeting in Budapest on October 3-5, despite the Hungarian government’s ban on the conference. In addition, the venue in Hungary where the conference was to be held has reportedly cancelled its contract with NPI organizers.

Perversely invoking the civil rights anthem, “We shall overcome,” Spencer declared to supporters in an email that NPI would persevere and that people planning to attend would still be able to meet and exchange ideas. Spencer usually holds NPI conferences in Washington, DC where he regularly invites European and American racists to share their ideas about white nationalism in Europe and the U.S.

Spencer, 36, is the new face of white supremacy who oversees a number of projects in addition to NPI. He created an online journal Radix, which features the work of intellectual racists and runs Washington Summit Publishers, which publishes racist tracts. Prior to openly embracing white nationalism in 2009, he worked at the American Spectator, a mainstream conservative magazine. In 2010, he founded Alternative Right, a white supremacist online journal, which curtailed operations in December 2013.

In a 2011 interview, Spencer said, “By 2009, I was much more willing to express heretical views on race and egalitarianism, as well as write more forthrightly on culture.” Spencer has advocated for a white ethno-state in the U.S. In 2011, he became the head of NPI and his annual conferences have attracted dozens of attending, including a number of young people.

The conference in Hungary was scheduled to feature a number of other Americans including Jared Taylor, head of the white supremacist journal American Renaissance and John Morgan, an American who heads Arktos Media, based in Budapest. Arktos, a co-sponsor of the NPI conference, publishes books that promote the Identitarian movement in Europe. Identitarian groups are pro-white, anti-immigrant and stress racial/ethnic identity. Tom Sunic, who is Croatian and a leader in American Freedom Party (formerly known as American Third Position), was also scheduled to address the NPI gathering. The American Freedom Party is a white supremacist political party that runs extremist candidates in the U.S. Other speakers included Marton Gyongyosi, a leader in the ultranationalist Hungarian party Jobbik, who has since reportedly bowed out of the NPI event and Alexander Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist ideologue.

The conference would build further ties between American and European racists and nationalists and exploit rising ultranationalist sentiment in Hungary as evidenced by Jobbik’s electoral gains in the April 2014 elections.

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May 2, 2014

White Supremacist Conference Again Aims to Mobilize Whites

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American Renaissance Speakers Group Photo

The white supremacist  group New Century Foundation has, for the third time, held its American Renaissance (AmRen) gathering  at a conference center at a national park in Burns, Tennessee.  On April 25-27, the approximately 175 attendees at the event heard speakers voice their ideas about how to mobilize whites by highlighting their culture and heritage. This year’s conference also expanded on last year’s theme of creating a white ethno-state on the North American continent.

The conference featured some new speakers, and some conference veterans such as Sam Dickson, a longtime white supremacist and speaker at the previous eleven AmRen conferences.  In his speech, Dickson claimed America was founded on the “lie” that all men were created equal. He asserted that a new narrative needs to be created for whites, which rejects the concepts of freedom and individualism promoted by the Tea Party and the belief in equality promoted by President Obama. Jack Donovan, a contributor to the white supremacist online publication Counter-Currents, echoed Dickson’s comments when responding to a question about forming a new identity for whites in North America, saying that any new identity must be different from that of the founding fathers who he claimed started off with “failure.”

John Morgan, the editor-in-chief of the Hungary-based far-right publishing house Arktos, called for whites within the movement to start reflecting a positive outlook in order to influence others. To do that, Morgan urged whites to highlight and praise their culture, in the form of books, art and films. Morgan also lamented the “culture of consumerism” active in the West today. Donovan’s speech similarly criticized the culture of consumerism which, he said, has left a cultural void. Donovan claimed the only way to stop this is to abandon the “universal” in favor of the “tribal” thus promoting a culture that is “discriminatory” and promotes the idea of identity.

Jared Taylor, the head the New Century Foundation, claimed the problem with whites is that they are too concerned with helping others and not themselves, which, he argued, leads to their downfall. Taylor called the conference attendees “missionaries” and insisted they must appeal to the soul of whites, not the mind. Their work, he maintained, is very difficult because many of the people they are trying to influence think of whites in the movement as “evil,” and therefore rude, arrogant, or mean-spirited.

As was the case at last year’s event, many young white supremacists were present, including Brad Griffin, who runs the racist website Occidental Dissent, and his wife Renee Baum, the daughter of Gordon Baum, leader of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Richard Spencer, head of the white supremacist think tank National Policy Institute (NPI) also attended, as did Matthew Heimbach of the white supremacist activist group Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) and his friend Scott Terry. Patrick Sharp, who founded the White Student Union at Georgia State University and Holocaust denier Mark Weber from the anti-Semitic Institute for Historical Review were also present.

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